Dec. 9, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies (6-1) face their stiffest challenge to date as they face 15th-ranked Georgetown in the Wooden Classic at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday at 11 a.m. PT. The game will be nationally televised by FSN with Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson calling the action. The ISP Sports Radio network will broadcast the game with Bob Rondeau calling play-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary. Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
Time: 11:00am PT
Radio: ISP Sports Network
Washington And Geogetown History
Saturday will mark the first time that Washington and Georgetown have squared off. UW is 9-17 all-time against teams from the Big East Conference, with the last win coming just over 20 years ago on Dec. 6, 1989 against DePaul. Since that 79-75 victory, the Huskies are 0-9 against the conference. UW last faced a Big East opponent on Dec. 8, 2008 when they lost 75-74 at home to No. 12 Pittsburgh. Justin Dentmon hit a runner at the buzzer that would have given the Dawgs the victory, but the shot came just after the horn. UW also faced Syracuse that season in the consolation bracket of the NIT Season Tip-Off Finals and lost 91-85. The Huskies have had their NCAA Tournament runs ended by Big East teams in three of their last six appearances: 1998 vs. UConn (L, 75-74), 2005 vs. Louisville (L, 93-78) and 2006 vs. UConn (L, 98-92).
Scouting the Hoyas
No. 15 Georgetown remained undefeated at 7-0 after beating 20th-ranked Butler 72-65 in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday. While the Huskies have their own sensational sophomore in Isaiah Thomas, the Hoyas sport 6-11 lefty second-year player Greg Monroe, who set career highs with 24 points and 15 rebounds against Butler. Georgetown has four players averaging double fi gures on the season, led by Monroe's 15.3 ppg. Chris Wright averages 12.6 ppg, Austin Freeman 12.3 ppg and Jason Clark 12.0 ppg. Monroe also grabs 10.7 rebounds per game. The Hoyas are scoring 72.6 ppg and allowing just 54.9 ppg, while UW is scoring at a clip of 86.3 ppg.
Last Time Out For Washington
Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points - 13 from the foul line - Quincy Pondexter added 20 and No. 12 Washington responded to its fi rst loss of the season with a foul-filled 88-76 victory over Cal State Northridge on Sunday night. The Huskies sputtered at times three nights after a frenetic overtime defeat at Texas Tech. Cal State Northridge (4-4) was up by five early and led 48-47 with 5 minutes gone in the second half before UW went on a 17-2 run to take control. Lenny Daniel scored a career-high 24 points for the Matadors. Leading scorer Kenny Daniels was in foul trouble and had just seven points. There were 31 fouls called in the fi rst 22 minutes as the Huskies built a 12-point lead from some of their 31 free throws - in 40 attempts. The Huskies' game-breaking run started with Pondexter's fi rst 3-point basket of the season. Then UW only senior stole the ball at halfcourt and fed Matthew Bryan-Amaning for an emphatic, right-handed dunk that ignited the worried crowd. When Scott Suggs swished a 3-pointer, Washington was back up 56-47 with 12 minutes left.
Pondexter Earns Second Pac-10 POW
Quincy Pondexter was named the Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season on Dec. 7. Pondexter averaged 25.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 3.0 steals as UW split their games against Texas Tech and Cal State Northridge. In Washington's 99-92 overtime loss to the Red Raiders, Pondexter scored a careerhigh 31 points, shooting 10-of-17 from the fi eld and 11-of-13 from the free throw line. He also contributed fi ve rebounds and three steals. In Sunday's 88-76 victory over the Matadors, he scored 20 points and added seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three steals. For the week, he shot a combined 16-of-31 (51.6%) from the field and 18-of-21 (85.7%) from the free throw line. He also won the award for the week of Nov. 9-15 after earning co-MVP honors with Isaiah Thomas at the Athletes in Action Classic. He averaged 22.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg and shot 63.9 (23-of-36) percent from the fi eld and .952 from the free throw line, including hitting 20-straight from the charity line. These were the fi rst two weekly honor for Pondexter and Washington's 34th and 35th all-time Player of the Week nods.
Record Free Throw Paces
Washington is on pace to better the all-time team records for free throws made and attempted, just one year after setting the high standards. The Huskies are averaging 23.3 free throws made per game and 31.4 attempts. Over a 31 game season, the minimum the UW will play this year, Washington is on pace for 722 makes and 974 attempts. The records established last season were 650 makes and 930 attempts. In addition, Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas are averaging 7.3 free throws made per game and are on pace for 226 for the season -- well over the season record of 196 set by Bob Houbregs in 1953. The record for free throw attempts in a season is 281 by Dean Parsons in 1951. Thomas is on pace for 279 attempts, while Pondexter is on pace for 257 attempts.
Leaders Of The Pac
Not only is Washington the only Pac-10 team ranked in the latest Associated Press poll, there are several statistical categories in which the Huskies lead the conference in the rankings released Dec. 7. The Dawgs are No. 1 in scoring offense per game (86.3), rebounds (42.1) and offensive rebounds (17.4). In addition, they are second in free throw percentage (74.1%), rebounding margin (+11.7), turnover margin (+4.3) and 3-point field goal defense (.283).
Huskies In The National Ranks
According to ESPN.com's stats, through Tuesday's action, Quincy Pondexter is tied for 13th nationally in scoring average (22.0 ppg), 41st in rebounds (9.6 rpg) and 16th in free throw percentage (87.9%, 51-58). Isaiah Thomas is 20th in the nation with 63 free throw attempts and 26th in scoring (20.3 ppg). Washington is 6th nationally averaging 86.3 points per game.
Quincy's Chance To Dance
Quincy Pondexter will make his stage debut on Wednesday, Dec. 23 in the 7:30 pm showing of the Nutcracker put on annually by the Pacifi c Northwest Ballet. Pondexter will play the role of Grandfather in the party scene during Act I. For the role, Pondexter will undergo a make up process that will age him 40 years. He is the fi rst Husky to ever be asked to play the role. The show will take place at McCaw Hall in the Seattle Center. Tickets for the show may be purchased by contacting the PNB Box Offi ce at 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org or in person at the PNB Box Offi ce, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center.
Closing In On 1,600
The Huskies are 4 wins shy of 1,600 in their 107- year history. UW is trying to to become the 19th team in NCAA Division I history to reach the 1,600- win plateau.